Daily Word

1 Kings 14

Read 1 Kings 14 – No matter who is king, God Almighty is on the throne.

I love the Lord’s relationship with Ahijah the prophet. It is so clear. The Lord simply speaks to him (14:5). Mrs. Jeroboam (North) gets the brutal truth that her husband made the LORD furious (14:9), and their dynasty will receive His wrath… my NLT bible says the Lord will burn it up like TRASH, the ESV says LIKE DUNG – either way God has had it (14:10-11)!

Meanwhile, Rehoboam (South) also made a detestable mess of things, like permitting Asherah poles, pagan shrines and prostitutes. There was constant war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam.

This all seems outrageous, yet the Lord permits freewill. Where does your heart lead you? Deep down, what does the Lord see? Psalm 139:23 SEARCH ME, O GOD, AND KNOW MY HEART! TRY ME AND KNOW MY THOUGHTS! 🔥☝️❤🙏🏻🔥

Daily Word

1 Kings 13

Read 1 Kings 13 – Drama unfolds –

King Jeroboam of the 10 northern tribes, receives unfavorable news from a prophet.  His solution is to point at the prophet, shouting, “Seize that man!”  The Lord instantly caused his hand to be paralyzed in the pointing position.  He could not pull it back, as the altar cracked and ashes spewed out… just as the prophet declared (13:1-5).  Jeroboam pleads for his hand, the prophet prays, and the Lord restores it. 

Jeroboam wants to give the prophet a gift and a nice meal, but the prophet was instructed by the Lord not eat or drink anything in Israel. 

On his way back to Judah, an older prophet meets him and offers him food and drink.  The old prophet assures the young prophet that an angel of the Lord told him to do this – BUT HE WAS LYING!!! (13:18) A lying prophet – lying to another prophet – what terrible times…

We will face terrible times, it will be hard to know who to trust.  That is why we must each train ourselves to discern the Lords voice, reading the bible as we are, being rooted in church, and praying without ceasing… dig deeper with John 3:16, John 14:6, Ephesians 6:10-18 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22.